Misfiring Castleknock Exit Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship

(07 Sep 2019)

Misfiring Castleknock Exit Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship

Castleknock 0-11 Crumlin 2-10

A total of 18 Castleknock wides made all the difference as the misfiring home team lost by 5 points to Crumlin in this Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Quarter-Final in Somerton on Saturday evening (Sept.7).

In spite of Castleknock’s inaccuracy there was still only five points between the sides when with seven minutes left Cian O’Dúlaing’s well-struck penalty was brilliantly saved by Crumlin’s Adam Doyle, the visiting net-minder effectively ending Castleknock’s hopes as a result.

It was all so different at the outset as within sixty seconds of the throw-in Castleknock went two points up, James Tolan and Seamus O’Carroll the scorers. It proved a false dawn however as Crumlin hit straight back with 1-2 in the space of seven minutes.

At half-time the margin was still only three points 0-5 1-5, Castleknock’s other scores coming from Seamus O’Carroll from near the sideline and Luke Whelan (2) but the most worrying statistic was the twelve wides Castleknock shot in those first 30 minutes when wind assisted.

A quick Seamus O’Carroll point on the resumption gave Castleknock renewed hope but a second Crumlin goal in the third minute of the second-half opened up a margin that Castleknock simply could not close.

In the eighteenth minute of the half just after a great Jack Banks save, a long-distance point from Conor Prunty closed the gap to two points 0-10 2-6 but in spite of some superb play by wing back Ciaran Murphy, that was as good as it got for Castleknock.

Before then, Luke Whelan brought his evening’s total to four and Cian O’Dúlaing landed a huge score from inside his own half.

Three Crumlin points eased the pressure on the visitors and while sub Ciarán Carey pointed with two minutes left Castleknock’s tale of shooting woe continued to the bitter end.

A huge underperformance by Castleknock but then the players and management already know that themselves.

Castleknock: Jack Banks; Jack King; Ed Forrest; Davis McInerney; Conor Prunty (0-1); Cian O’Dúlaing (0-1); Ciaran Murphy; Conal Purcell; James Tolan (0-1); Colm Breslin; Tadgh Kelleher; Liam Quinn; Brian Hughes; Luke Whelan (0-4); Seamus O’Carroll (0-3). Subs: Ronan Conway; Ciarán Carey (0-1); Sean Ryan; Eoghan Dalton.

Manager: Damien Whelan.
Report: Kevin Mallon

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